Life

O come let us adore zhim

15 December 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3078 you were invited to submit a politically correct Christmas carol.   One of Donald Trump’s election…

Christmas spirit

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Unclued lights (six of two words, one of three), correctly linked, make ten members of a seasonal set, one light…

to 2386: Outside what we know

15 December 2018 9:00 am

ROUND THE HORNE (32/40/37) starred 6/37, 6/23, 1A, 14 and 8/13. The title suggested their other comedy show, Beyond Our Ken.…

Why the end of 2018 is also the end of a sporting era

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It may be the end of the year but it’s also the end of some major sporting eras. Alastair Cook…

The Battle for Britain

15 December 2018 9:00 am

How to lose more friends and alienate more people

15 December 2018 9:00 am

This used to be the busiest time of the year for me. If you do anything in public life —…

Fortnum and Mason

This is capitalism as its most gaudy: Fortnum & Mason reviewed

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I admit I had a falling out with Fortnum & Mason a few years ago over its new brasserie on…

The most underpriced Christmas gift you can buy

15 December 2018 9:00 am

During the second Gulf war, simply out of curiosity, I found myself visiting the website of a giant American mercenary…

In the midst of Brexit agony, one thing remains certain: disputation needs drink

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It is enough to drive a fellow to the bottle. I am not given to agnosticism. My view is that…

Problems solved for Michael Fabricant, Liz Truss, Piers Morgan, Richard Madeley, Anthony Horowitz and others

15 December 2018 9:00 am

From Michael Fabricant MPQ. When I go for intimate meals at a restaurant with a friend, I am invariably asked…

Christmas quiz – the answers

13 December 2018 4:00 am

You don’t say 1. President Donald Trump, in a tweet 2. Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, in…

Times Square

New York: the fact – and fiction

8 December 2018 9:00 am

New York At times I used to think the place was real. The New York of films, that is. The…

We lost our elderly, dementing French charge

8 December 2018 9:00 am

I entered the cave house carrying groceries and panting from the climb to find an old hippie woman displaying rugs…

My Christmas tree health-and-safety nightmare

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Decorating a tree on the unfinished minstrels’ gallery was an appealing idea if only for the health and safety violations.…

How 250 cows may have changed the course of racing

8 December 2018 9:00 am

It may yet turn out that the most significant development in racing this year was the sale of some 250…

Bridge

8 December 2018 9:00 am

This is my last column before Christmas (I know… I’ll miss you too) and as 2018 rolls to an end…

Wine Club 8 December

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Being a veritable martyr to Christmas Affected Doom, Depression and Despondency, I admit to feeling far from chipper. My wife…

Beneath the surface

8 December 2018 9:00 am

After 12 games of classical chess, the world championship between the incumbent, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and his American challenger,…

Chess Puzzle

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a variation from Caruana-Carlsen, World Championship (Game 10), London 2018. Black is a rook down.…

Shakespearean sonnet

8 December 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3077 you were invited to submit a sonnet with the name of a Shakespearean character hidden in…

2388: Sea rocket

8 December 2018 9:00 am

‘12/15’ (six words in total) is a quotation (in ODQ) suggested by the remaining unclued lights (two hyphened), whose fifth…

to 2385: R and R

8 December 2018 9:00 am

The two people were Prince RUPERT (12) of the Rhine, born 1619 in PRAGUE (6) and died 1682 in WESTMINSTER…

The mind-readers who know we’re all racists inside

8 December 2018 9:00 am

For months I’ve been looking forward to the Guardian’s much-heralded report on racism in Britain, which was unveiled this week.…

The Battle for Britain

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Technology wastes as much time as it saves

8 December 2018 9:00 am

I have just spent a weekend planning a family trip to Chennai and Hyderabad. Since some of the flights are…